Don’t you just love when it FINALLY starts to feel like spring?
For me, this winter couldn’t end soon enough...
Personally, I’m ready for working in the garden, drinking my chai tea on the patio in the morning, and taking long hikes on the weekends...
In fact, I’m so excited for spring, I’ve already started breaking out my skirts and dresses… swapping out the flannel sheets for lighter ones… planning my garden…
And even “springing up” my skincare routine!
Since nothing says spring like fresh flowers, I came up with a rich, hydrating floral face mask that’s perfect for spring.
It’s a great way to renew and revitalize your skin, and to keep it beautiful for all the weddings, graduations, and family reunions on the horizon.
Best of all, this floral face mask is completely customizable to help handle everything from dry flakey skin, redness, wrinkles and dark spots..
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1 — Choose your base — 1/3 cup
Think of this as the water for a flower “tea.” Plain tap water works well, but depending on your needs, you can change it up:
- For dry or dull skin: Try buttermilk. It’s rich in lactic acid for gentle exfoliation and calcium for skin revitalization — a perfect fix for itchy, flakey skin.
- To fight aging: Try almond milk. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids to help fight fine lines and wrinkles.
- For sensitive skin: Whole milk is rich in hydrating fat and calcium to revitalize your skin cells.
- For Dark Spots: Lemon Juice acts as a bleaching agent when applied directly to dark spots
Step 2 — Choose your flower(s) — 1/4 cup total:
You can mix and match your flowers or just stick to one type. But what flowers should you pick?
- For dry or dull skin: Try Lavender to help skin retain moisture and to even out skin tone.
- To fight aging: Try Rose to reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and inflammation.
- For sensitive skin: Try Chamomile to soothe and cleanse skin
- For dark spots: Try Daisy to reduce the appearance of dark spots
Remember, you don’t need to use perfectly fresh flowers for it to work— dried petals (or even a teabag) work beautifully, as do petals from wilting flowers.
Step 3 — Choose your thickener — 2 tablespoons
Without a thickener, you’ll have more of a thin toner than a rich, hydrating mask.
For dry or dull skin: Use sour cream — rich in naturally-occurring alpha-hydroxy acid to remove dull, dry skin gently.
To fight aging: Try Omega-3 rich mashed avocado.
For sensitive skin: Try cooked garbanzo or black beans — rinsed canned beans are fine. They’re rich in folic acid for bright glowing skin.
For dark spots: Try Yogourt as it contains an abundance of lactic acid having the ability to lighten dark spots
Step 4 — Make your mask
In a small saucepan, warm your base ingredient from Step 1 until simmering, then add your flower(s) from Step 2 and remove from heat.
Let the mixture steep and cool for 20-30 minutes, then pour into your blender or food processor. Add your thickening ingredient from Step 3, and blend until smooth.
Apply an even coat to clean, dry skin, and let it soak in for 15-20 minutes.
Finally, rinse with warm water and go about your skincare routine as usual.
Have fun experimenting, and “tweaking” your mask as much as you want...you never know which combination will work best for you!
Of course if you are not the DIY kind of person and would prefer a faster and more effective approach to rejuvenating your skin by lifting and firming sagging skin and wrinkles as well as quickly fading your dark spots, I always recommend the Beverly Hills MD line of skin care products.